Elon Musk appeared to take a swipe at the Associated Press on Thursday, the latest backlash at news outlets Musk claims are spreading misinformation.
In two tweets, Musk called the news outlet an “expert on misinformation” after it published a report on a poll he conducted earlier in the day.
“Twitter couldn’t hope to keep up!” he added in the tweet.
The comments came after Musk conducted a poll of his 118.8 million followers, asking them if Twitter should offer “a general amnesty for banned accounts” that don’t violate the law or spam posts on the platform attribute.
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After more than 3.1 million people responded to the poll — and a whopping 72.4% said “yes” that Twitter should restore those accounts — Musk tweeted, “People have spoken. Amnesty begins next week.”
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” added the Twitter CEO, a Latin expression meaning “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”
AP then released a report acknowledging Musk’s decision, which Musk then appeared to dispute.
“New Twitter owner Elon Musk said Thursday he is granting ‘amnesty’ to suspended accounts, which online safety experts say will lead to a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation,” the Nov. 24 statement said published AP report.
After Musk’s initial tweet, he said AP “piqued his curiosity” about the “online experts” the news outlet spoke to and then quoted them in its report.
The dig is the latest in Musk’s recent pushback on news outlets who have allegedly reported false details about him and Twitter.
In a series of tweets Wednesday afternoon, Musk cited various news reports that disgraced FTX founder Sam Bankman-Fried had switched his $100 million holdings in Twitter, when it was public, into private stock.
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First, Musk discredited a similar claim published by Business Insider, which specifically stated, “Sam Bankman-Fried reportedly owns a $100 million stake in Elon Musk’s Twitter.”
To which Musk replied: “[Business Insider] is not a true release.”
Musk later discredited a Semafor report that claimed Bankman-Fried “owns a sizable portion of a now privately owned and indebted Twitter.” The report cites an “FTX balance sheet prepared following the close of the acquisition on Oct. 28 and distributed to investors earlier this month.”
“SBF/FTX do not own shares in Twitter,” Musk replied.
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He added: “There was a time when you cared about the truth. That’s long gone.”
In another tweet, Musk called the claim “completely false” and said there was “no gray area” as to whether FTX or Bankman-Fried owned shares in his company.
Musk responded again, denying that Bankman-Fried owned any Twitter stock.
“All of Twitter’s public owners were allowed to contribute their stock to Twitter as a private company, but he didn’t,” he wrote. “Their reporting falsely made it sound like he did, when in fact he owns 0%.”
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Musk has owned Twitter for several weeks and has been actively polling his followers about policy decisions the company should implement. One of those decisions included restoring the Twitter accounts of former President Donald J. Trump and Rep. Majorie Taylor Greene.